Today United Launch Alliance announced in a press release that Amazon has secured nine launches on ULA’s Atlas V rocket. The project is known as Project Kuiper and it will launch 3,236 advanced satellites into low earth orbit. The plan for these satellites is to increase global broadband access.
The satellites will launch on the Atlas V from Space Launch Complex 41 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. On Monday, April 19th ULA released this statement from the heads of both companies.“We’re determined to make affordable broadband a reality for customers and communities around the world,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder, and CEO. “ULA is a fantastic partner that’s successfully launched dozens of missions for commercial and government customers, and we’re grateful for their support of Kuiper.”
Amazon has put more than 10 billion dollars into this mission. Amazon’s plans are to have the satellites provide high-speed low-latency broadband for an affordable price so underserved communities can have access to it. Not only will the satellites serve underserved communities they will also serve individual households, schools, businesses, and government agencies.
Chris Ellerhorst, ULA director of Strategy, Business Development, and Sales said this about the contract with Amazon to launch these satellites into low earth orbit.“ULA takes great pride in serving our customers as their best value launch partner – from providing high confidence schedule certainty to flexible and responsive manifesting to transparent engineering collaboration on customer-specific mission design needs – we truly become one integrated team with our customers, fully dedicated to their success. We are thrilled that Amazon has put their trust in us.”